Art Condition

Minneapolis comes in colors

The diverse cultural palette of our city will shimmer as part of the third annual Minneapolis MOSAIC arts festival, which begins Thursday, June 2 and lasts through Aug. 31.

More than 100 Minneapolis artists and cultural organizations will stage everything from performances to parades and will host exhibitions and neighborhood festivals.

MOSAIC kicks off with free events in neighborhoods across the city, including the B-Girl Be Summit at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., June 2-4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night.

The summit brings together international, national and local girls and women in hip-hop to Minneapolis for dialogues, art-making, screenings, performances, workshops and networking opportunities. The B-Girl Be Summit showcases live performances, films, videos, workshops, panels, and the first international exhibition of art in the Midwest created by women involved in and influenced by hip-hop.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., will showcase Asian art in its galleries, and featuring Indonesian gamelan music, the Imp Ork jazz orchestra and more from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on those three nights.

Project Manager Scott Mayer said, "What these three nights of kick-off events offer is an opportunity is for folks to get a real sample of the variety of different kinds of entertainment [available in the city]."

He added, "Certainly, we're not forgetting about those immigrants that founded this city, and so if you are into entertainment that's provided by Swedes and Norwegians, that's going to be available. But really, the whole purpose of MOSAIC is to let the greater Twin Cites, and really the rest of the country, realize that Minneapolis is not Lake Woebegone and that we're a city that is extremely culturally diverse."

You can get more information about the summer's events by visiting www.minneapolismosaic.com.

Hi, Jack. Hi, Gene.

Hijack is the choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder. Their work is featured on Monday, May 23 at Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake Street, at 7 p.m.

Scotty Heron returns to Bryant Lake for a performance of "Flossing," a dance about oral hygiene.

"Flossing" features a very old man with bad teeth, an oversized dancing dental floss character named Mister Flossy, a man with mismatched ears and a visit from the tooth fairy. The dancing includes pantomime, clogging and bad ballet.

The performance also includes a live set by The Royal Flycatchers and warm-up short dances.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 on the day of show. Call 825-8949 or go to www.bryantlakebowl.com for more information.

Do not pass on Gollum

The Children's Theatre Company (CTC) brings its season to a close with the American premiere of "The Hobbit," based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book. (Tolkien, you may have heard, is also the source of the "Lord of the Rings" movies.)

The 20-member cast includes four CTC resident acting company members, four CTC performing apprentices, five guest artists and seven student actors.

It also features one Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving hobbit who is plunged into one daring escapade after another, outwitting trolls, spiders, elves, goblins and the less-than-huggable Gollum.

"The Hobbit" runs through June 19 at the Children's Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S. Tickets are $15-$30 for adults; $9-$24 for children, students and seniors. Call 874-0400 or visit www.childrenstheatre.org for more information.

Keep it in Bloomington

The revue format traditionally employed by the folks at the Brave New Workshop gets an added twist of audience involvement in the comedy theater's "Hear No Evil, Casino Evil: What Happens in Bloomington Stays in Bloomington."

Audience members get to offer suggestions that will help determine the outcome of this skewing of local politicians, casinos, racinos, tribal partnerships, harness racing, video slots and everyone's favorite, moral hypocrisy.

"Hear No Evil" is written and performed by Lauren Anderson, Joe Bozic, Mike Fotis, Caleb McEwen and Katy McEwen; it runs through June 11. Tickets for Friday performances are $19 (shows are at 8 p.m.). Saturday's shows, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., are $19-$22.

The Brave New Workshop is at 2605 Hennepin Ave. S. in Uptown. You can get more information by calling 332-6620 or at www.bravenewworkshop.org.

Volunteering on the Fringe

The 12th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival doesn't take place until Aug. 4, but the largest nonjuried performing arts festival in the nation needs volunteers now.

Volunteers are needed to staff Fringe box offices, act as ushers and ticket takers at Fringe venues, work behind the scenes with staff, and serve at Fringeville, a gathering place for Fringe audiences and artists at Suburban World in Uptown.

If you're interested in volunteering, visit the Fringe Web site at www.fringefestival.org to submit an online application, or contact Max Gries, Fringe Volunteer Director, at volunteer@fringefestival.org or 872-1212.